Monday, July 23, 2018

Regional Roundup

Pittsburgh Area
- Pittsburgh is ready to explode next month with three pro shows on the agenda for August and the cards are beginning to take shape.

The first show to invade the Steel City will be the World Fighting Championships promoted pro-am card at The Meadows Race Track and Casino on August 4th which will be headlined by 29-year-old Pittsburgh lightweight and fan favorite Bill Hutchinson.

Hutchinson (16-2-4), who will be fighting in his hometown for the last time before making the move to California, will take on 33-year-old Justin Savi (31-17-2) of Silver Springs, MD by way of his native country Benin in a scheduled 8-round bout.

Also slated to appear on the card is another Pittsburgh talent in undefeated 27-year-old super middleweight Leemont Johnson whose opponent has not been revealed yet.

- Pittsburgh native Matt Conway (14-0) revealed some exciting news on his social media last week as he announced that his next bout will be a defense of his IBA Intercontinental lightweight title that he won on June 8 when he scored a split decision victory over Arturo Santos Reyes at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.

Conway, 22, will take on Dominican Republic native Adriano Ramirez (10-0) on August 11th in the scheduled 10-round main event of the Made Men Promotions promoted card at the Rivers Casino.

- Integrity Fighter Management is staying busy putting together the card for their August 18th show at the historical Grand Priory in Pittsburgh.

Fighting in the main event is 22-year-old Ukrainian transplant Lyubomyr Pinchuk who now lives and trains in Pittsburgh under the watchful eye of trainer Mike McSorley at his Oakland based Conn-Greb Boxing Club.
Pinchuk (5-1) will take on 27-year-old Brooklyn native Lamont Capers (9-12-4) for the American Boxing Federation Colonial Atlantic cruiserweight title.

Joining Pinchuk in action at the Priory Hall that night will be fellow Ukrainian transplant and fellow Conn-Greb stable mate Oleg Dovhun (5-0).

Dovhun, 24, currently has no opponent lined up for his bout according to but rumors have circulated on his upcoming opponent as a 4-2 fighter coming off of a year layoff in a match that will be fought at 121-pounds.

- Amateur boxing will return to the Lawrence County Fair in New Castle for the third-straight year.

The Fairground Throwdown III will be held on Wednesday, August 15 starting at 7:00.  
Admission to the event is free with your paid entry into the fair.

Northeast Ohio
-Cleveland was represented live on Showtime by a pair of undefeated fighters this past Saturday at the WinnaVegas Casino & Resort in Sloan, Iowa as part of Showtime's ShoBox: The Next Generation series.

Montana Love, 23, scuffled from the onset but did enough to salvage a draw against Kenneth Sims Jr. of Chicago. The judges scored the back-and-forth 8-round super lightweight contest 77-75, 75-77, 76-76. Love's record now stands at 11-0-1 while the 24-year-old Sims record stands at 12-1-1.

While some will argue that Love was lucky to walk away with a draw, almost everyone in the boxing community took to social media to voice their displeasure with the decision in the evenings co-feature which awarded Thomas Mattice (13-0) of Cleveland a victory over 22-year-old Zhora Hamazaryan (9-1) of Las Angeles by way of Gyumri, Armenia.

Mattice, 27, was sent to the canvas in the second round of the 8-round lightweight contest and was shook on a couple of occasions but managed to walk away with the split decision victory by scores of 76-75, 76-75, 74-77.

Another Cleveland prospect made his debut off-television in Iowa that night as 23-year-old heavyweight Rodney Hines scored a first-round knockout victory over Saint Joseph, Missouri native David Becker.

Becker, 37, saw his record slip to 1-2 with the defeat.

- Last weekend, former Olympian and Cleveland native Charles Conwell Jr. improved his record to 8-0 as the 20-year-old super welterweight scored a second-round knockout over 37-year-old Baton Rouge, LA native Travis Scott (19-4) at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans in a bout that was seen on ESPN+.

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